James Lovelock will go down in history as the scientist who changed our view of the Earth from a barren rock covered with a thin coating of life. In The Revenge of Gaia, bestselling author James Lovelock- father of climate studies and originator of the influential Gaia theory which views the entire earth as. The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth Is Fighting Back—and How We Can Still Save James Lovelock, Author, Crispin Tickell, Foreword by.

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The planet fights back. James Lovelock is largely rehashing what he’s said before but a couple of disturbing aspects of his thinking also come to light. There they begin their work: Mar 29, Eric lovelovk it really liked it Shelves: Nature has suffered enough indignities at our thd.

Humanity, returned to its former ape-man status, will be lucky to hang on, grunting in the odd, deep cave. With that said, given that global warming is a fact and is expected to have a tremendous negative impact on the planet under most scenarios, his warnings are not without warrant.

Return to Book Page. For these areas, I believe the author is using a bottom-up view rather than a top down view, which he repeatedly stresses as the reason for others not understanding his Gaia theory. Compare this with wind and solar, two energy forms that are already used in wide practice.

There was no jmes spike in cancers. A top down view of birds dying from DDT means considering the whole environment the birds live in, not just the birds themselves.

But isn’t that horribly dangerous? View all 31 comments. Aug 25, Andrew rated it really liked it Shelves: Of course, whether in his optimistic or cynical stance, Lovelock’s vision remains confined to science and technology. It is a very clear-headed and rational look at the problem of climate change and what we can realistically do about it.

There are plenty of interesting facts along the way and the author is a passionate advocate of changing how we live to safeguard our future.

Tangents aside, I have one further point of criticism: Instead, I found the ravings of a madman–psychotic at best, or worse–sociopathic. In one of the most distressing passages, he blames globalized society’s inability to take decisive action to care for the revenhe on Just a moment while we sign you in to your Tthe account.

Its pretty strange the way he beats the mantra of man made loveloci warming without weighing both sides of the argument but refers to the fears of nuclear energy as “nonsensical hype” even saying “no harm done” when referring to Three Mile Island and that only 25 people died after the Chernobyl accident then grudgingly admits that some people living in Belarus and devenge Ukraine may have lost several WEEKS of their life expectancy because of Chernobyl!


Lovelock doesn’t hold back in suggesting drastic actions which are hard or me to accept, such as the mass manufacturing of a “fake” food in factories to keep our bodies functioning without the need to use up the land for farming and cattle personally, I like my “real” food, and I’m sure most of us doand in situations like this he doesn’t suggest ways to “please” the people, but then again his focus is not on people, it’s on the Earth.

The Revenge of Gaia – James Lovelock

Just like those sci-fi settlers, humanity is about to get the elbow, it seems. In both, he warns about a coming climate catastrophe that tevenge believes will be sudden and devastating to life on earth particularly to humans after civilization collapses.

However, there is a marked difference between a singular act of violence and a systemic flaw in social structure that allows for destruction on a pathological scale. People are slating it because they’re picking up on particular issues: The end is all but nigh for Mother Earth’s inhabitants unless drastic measures are soon taken: I am open minded on the subject but I think man made global warming is debatable.

I am a bit of a tree hugger but on the other hand its become blatantly obvious that the globalist scumbags who cause most of the environmental problems have co-opted much of the environmental movement.

The body provides homeostasis because it is an interrelated agglomeration of cells, each of which carries identical DNA and is controlled by a central nervous system. A New Look at Life on Earthintuitive originator of the theory that the world is a self-regulating system that, over the eons, has been able to sustain an equilibrium between hot and cold so as to support life. But globally, I found the book lacking of unity, the same information is written more than once here and there, sometimes the author seems focused mostly on the status of the countryside he lives in he admits he can sound like a “nimby”the scientific basis of a couple of thesis are not well explained again, the radiations effects on human health, or the amount of the change in the atmospheric composition caused by living beings, for example.

I was looking forward, savoring reading the words of who I had perceived as an intellectual kindred soul. It’s like being smacked in the face after being so ignorant and careless about something so so important. In the video, Lovelock comes off as an eminently reasonable but quite cantankerous old British scientist, with all the charm that implies.


It is presumptuous in the extreme to think that man can presume to OWN a piece of the planet. And it is not just the USA with this world view. As Lovelock argues, “Whatever form future society takes it will be tribal, and hence there will be the privileged and the poor”.

This is not to say that tribal people are never violent.

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The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. This idea neatly dove tailed with my personal philosophy still intact that everything and everyone is related. Retrieved from ” https: With few options to reconcile his two halves, Lovelock reaches for the solution seemingly beloved by every prominent biologist of a certain age – controls on population growth.

Two things I learned from this book: We all need to adapt a big picture vision of the living system of which we are a part or else livelock Earth is going to become a place unsuitable for human life. The concept of Gaia was initially greeted with scepticism by researchers who thought it suggested Earth was a living entity.

Life on Earth, but for how much longer?

We should take note of his words, for all their fire and brimstone. Books of the Week. But, at least according to Lovelock in this book, that was damned lies and statistics. The “age of enlightenment” resulted in exploitation, reductionism, industrial pollution, phrenology the scientific validation of racial superioritylive vivisection even on dogs”objective” static and rigid classification often hierarchicaland vast other examples of numb loelock e. Instead he sees nuclear energy as the only energy source that can meet our needs in time to prevent catastrophe.

One of the dangers of professional science in general is that it claims to have all the answers. Then maybe we could produce the knowledge-book he advocates one of his only good suggestions in my view as a kind of farmer’s almanac for the future, that could help every household reacquire at least some of the basic skills of how to live with instead of against nature. If any of these g I am a bit of a tree hugger but on the other hand its become blatantly obvious that the globalist scumbags who cause gala of the environmental problems have co-opted much of the environmental movement.

Very soon, we will pay the reckoning.